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Big Whiteboard Brainwave – Everyone’s Invited!

Giant whiteboards invite everyone in a table group to participate in brainstorming, mind mapping and project planning.

Continue Reading September 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM Leave a comment

Energy Opportunity Finale: The “Marketplace” Game!

An ad campaign for energy opportunities has to be effective in the real marketplace for students to be successful innovators. This simulation helped my students to understand basic economics and political realities of 21st Century America. All made possible with the help of my economist husband. I love the intersection between subject areas, where the most interesting ideas are, and where there are rich possibilities for math, English and social studies links too.

Continue Reading June 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM Leave a comment

The First Tulip 360

The value of looking at things from different angles…

Continue Reading March 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM 1 comment

Distilling The Cost/Benefit of Physical Science/Food Labs

The costs of re-tooling for food science are considerable. Is it worth it for learning and engagement with physical science concepts? Unit test results add to the argument.

Continue Reading February 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM Leave a comment

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 31, 2011 at 9:33 PM Leave a comment

Snapshot Science: The Optics Connection

Had a blast at the California Science Teacher’s Association, sharing “Snapshot Science”. The student sheets are uploaded at this site.

In response to several requests, here are the sheets that link the physics of lenses, the eye, camera, microscopes and telescopes. These inquiry-based activities have been used with 7th grade and meet the light and optics standards. Students seem especially fascinated with their eyes, perception and seeing what lenses do to how they see the world. Materials needed are paper clips, small mirrors and plastic hand lenses. I hope you’ll enjoy doing these with your classes as much as we did at Orinda Intermediate School.

October 23, 2011 at 8:03 PM Leave a comment

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